Raymond Foye on Allen Ginsberg’s Photography – part 2

Raymond Foye on Allen Ginsberg’s photography – continued from yesterday

JS: Robert Frank was obviously an important influence for Allen.

RF: For most people I knew, Allen was a real hero, but Allen had his own heroes, and Robert was certainly one of them. Allen worshipped Robert. So the photography was a way for him to bond with Robert, and to be his student. He had another friend who was a photographer, who lived above Strand Books (in New York), Hank O”Neal. He was the commercial agent for Berenice Abbott. He was another person whom Allen relied on for … Read More

Gregory Corso (K – Libre) -1

[Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, New York City, 1985. Photo: Hank O’Neal]

This weekend we feature just one of the innumerable treasures in the Archives at Stanford University (there’ll be many more to come)

Today (in two parts, the second tomorrow) Allen Ginsberg’s tape from 1977 of a reading by Gregory Corso. (“K-Libre”? Kerouac Library? a benefit of some sort? We’re not exactly sure)

With significant detour and deviation (sic) and against a boisterous audience he (Gregory) organizes the reading along mathematical lines.

The poems he reads are “Verse”, “Alchemical Poem”, “As long as we live…”, “The Whole Mess…Almost”, “The … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 350

Jerry Aronson‘s definitive documentary DVD,  The Life And Times of Allen Ginsberg, has been noted on this site several times before, but it’s a must-see, must-view, and, on the occasion of a refurbishing of Jerry’s web-site, bears repeating/revisiting.

Archivist, poet, Randy Roark, remembers Allen’s response – “He saw a working copy at one point and, after it was over, said, “So that’s who I am?”

Aronson himself recalls,  “I showed Allen the finished film in 1992 when it was really done, and he had not watched much of it, and I was anxious, waiting for his response. When … Read More

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991)

 

From an interview, in 1991, with Thomas Gladysz TG: In your book, Berenice Abbott is credited for her “off-hand direction” AG: “Occasionally, I used to visit her up in Maine where she lives. A mutual friend, Hank O’Neal – who edited her last book –  took me to her, and I learned something. I told Robert Frank and he said with a wry smile, “maybe I could show you something too” . She was quite old but quite sharp and alert. She knew people I admired, like… Read More

Allen Ginsberg Punk Rocker (part two)

 

[Allen Ginsberg and Joe Strummer, backstage at Bonds International Casino, Times Square, New York, June 10 1981 – photo c. Hank O’Neal.]

Note: These posts – “Allen Ginsberg Punk Rocker” (parts one and two) first appeared on The Allen Ginsberg Project on June 23, 2011, and, due to technical problems, are now being re-posted

As Allen recounts it: ” (In 1981) I was listening to a lot of punk, and I’d heard about The Clash from Steven Taylor. I went backstage once at their 17-night gig at Bonds Club  on Times Square and Joe Strummer said, “We’ve had

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Friday’s Weekly Round Up -159

[Allen Ginsberg and William S Burroughs – Photograph by Hank O’Neal]

2014 is – in case you didn’t know – the William Burroughs Centennial year (next month, February 5th, he would have turned 100), and, not only on the 5th, but on a variety of occasions, there will be events, arranged by a variety of groups, around the globe. Here in New York City (the Allen Ginsberg Project’s home-base), for instance, there will be city-wide celebrations throughout the month of April. Long before that, however, we’ll be witnessing happenings. Perhaps the biggest so far, organized by Charles Cannon, … Read More

Hank O’Neal

Photo: Allen Ginsberg, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, December 1981. c. Hank O’Neal

We’ve added some more photos to the “Photography“ section of the Allen Ginsberg.org website [2017 update -since this posting, the web-site has been extensively reorganized] among them a handful by photographer Hank O’Neal, who took this classic photo of Ginsberg with Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash. Hank worked with Allen and John Hammond Sr on his “First Blues” album back in 1983. He’d worked with Berenice Abbott for almost a dozen years, and, soon after meeting Allen, introduced him … Read More